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Winter and Rock Salt

GreenWelcomeWe have been remiss in not keeping our animal blog up to date. As expected we know we have lost blog readers; but that’s ok, we will work on earning them back. To start, here is our post on the dangers of Rock Salt and our pets.

Each year many thousands of cats and dogs die or are made severely ill from the toxic effects of rock salt.

Local municipalities frequently use rock salt after heavy snow with sand or grit to improve traction. Householders may use it to help melt ice and snow on paths and make it easier to spade or sweep away.

Grey tabby cat sitting on post

Rock salt is very poisonous to cats and dogs. Unfortunately, they can easily ingest it when they lick their fur after being outdoors. The result can be fatal. According to the RSPCA:

It is difficult to say how much needs to be eaten for signs of toxicity to be seen. Even a small amount of pure salt can be very dangerous to pets. Ingestion can result in a high blood sodium concentration which can cause thirst, vomiting and lethargy, and in severe cases there is a risk of convulsions and kidney damage.

Most cases involve animals that have walked through gritted snow and then lick or chew it off their paws as they can find it irritating. It is therefore important to thoroughly wipe your pet’s feet and the fur on his/her legs and tummy after a walk or time outside. If he/she is showing any signs of discomfort after possible exposure to rock salt, use a mild, pet-safe shampoo and warm water to wash the affected areas, and dry your pet’s fur completely with a towel after washing.

Any animal suspected of ingestion of rock salt must be assessed by a vet immediately. This is important as signs can be non-specific and a blood test will be required to check the blood sodium concentration. Immediate veterinary treatment will be needed to rehydrate the animal and stabilise their sodium levels. The exact treatment will depend on the blood sodium concentration and the animal’s clinical condition. Owners should never attempt to induce vomiting; only a vet should do this.

If you suspect your cat has ingested rock salt do not wait to see the symptoms develop, but seek veterinary advice without delay. Again this emphasizes the importance of keeping cats indoors during severe weather whenever this is practical.

shared from the Pussington Post

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Please Spay and Neuter!

For the last 36 hours I have been online watching a young female cat (maybe a year old), be in pre-labor for a total of 4 days. Last night at about 5:30 pm she delivered the first kitten. She had a lot of problems with her first and it was touch and go for awhile.  Momma (named Dorothy) has had 6 and there is question if there is a 7 or 8th; it can take up to 24 hours sometimes for the last to be born.

Dorothy was simply exhausted from her days of pre-labor that by the time her babies were being born, it took all of her strength to simply push through each contraction. Thankfully her foster mom is experienced in cats birthing and all seemed to go as well as expected. Clearly, this is Dorothy’s first litter as she had no clue what do as each kitten was born. Her foster mom tried to stay out of assisting Dorothy too much, but it became clear that she was going to have to wipe the babies faces of the placenta.

Imagine if she had been in the wild? A young cat dumped and found in a very bad state. She had been full of tape worms, the worst they had ever seen and very skinny. The outcome most likely wouldn’t be what it is today; 6 healthy kittens. It should be noted that there are 2 that are tiny and one has a cleft, just waiting to hear if it is a partial or full. Cleft palettes can be repaired through surgery. It seems the baby is finding its way to nurse as it gained 10 grams overnight.

I can’t stress enough the importance of spaying and neutering your pets. The reason I am able to watch online is that there is a fed on livestream that the foster set up so that children can see and people can see the results of not spaying and neutering.

If you are wanting to watch the kittens and stay up to date you can watch http://new.livestream.com/tinykittens/oz

If you are wanting to donate you can do so here https://www.facebook.com/LAPSlangley?fref=ts

Tiny Kittens which is the organization fostering momma and her kittens have their own webpage http://www.tinykittens.com/

Please remember, female cats can go into heat at 4 months of age; which is why we have such an overpopulated cat situation.

There are currently cats waiting for adoption at LAPS (Langley Animal Protection Society) now and I’m sure waiting for you to take them home.

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This is one of the babies from last night’s birth

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Do you have a dog who thinks they are alpha?

We do, and her name is Lucy. Lucy is a rat terrier mix and is approximately 9 years old. I say approximately because she is a rescue and we can only go by the paperwork provided.

For a few months now Lucy goes through periods where she would pee our bed. We have flipped our mattress, used products to disinfect, numerous laundry washings etc. Nothing seemed to be helping.

We started to break down what she could be feeling threatened by. One thing that came to mind is that our 12 year old chi mix who we rescued a year ago, we have had to feed her in a different room because Lucy would bully her for her food. That place we feed her is in our bedroom.

The other thing we noticed is she dictates when she will go outside when it rains; then she won’t move if you go to walk. Last night I, with coaxing, was able to get her to walk to a building not far from our home that is grassy and she did her business. Then this morning, in the rain, again she wouldn’t walking willingly so I lifted her up and put her on the grass. She stood there and was prepared to not move, I had to coax her to do so, but she did go in the end.

So today is a new day, and we carry on, persistence is key. LoveYourPet